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keep up with the Joneses

To try to have the same possessions and lifestyle as one's neighbors or peers. A: "Why did she buy such an expensive car?" B: "Well, she lives in a wealthy part of time—I bet she just wants to keep up with the Joneses."
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keep up with the Joneses

Fig. to try to match the lifestyle of one's neighbors. I am tired of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Let's just move if we can't afford to live here. We never try to keep up with the Joneses.
See also: Jones, keep, up

keep up with the Joneses

INFORMAL
If someone tries to keep up with the Joneses, they deliberately buy or do the same things as the people around them so that they appear as successful as them. Her mother, Louise, was very keen on keeping up with the Joneses, and through much of her teens Linda accepted what she now calls `these false values'. Of course, in this desperate attempt to keep up with the Joneses, they are all the more likely to end up poor. Note: You usually use this expression to show disapproval. Note: This expression comes from the title of a comic strip by Arthur Momand, which was first published in the New York `Globe' in 1913.
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keep up with the Joneses

try to maintain the same social and material standards as your friends or neighbours.
This phrase originated as a comic-strip title, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses—by Pop’ in the New York Globe ( 1913 ). Jones , one of the most common British family names, is used as a generic name for neighbours or presumed social equals.
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keep up with the ˈJoneses

(informal, disapproving) try to have all the possessions and social achievements that your neighbours or other people around you have, especially by buying what they buy: First the Smiths got a swimming pool, and now their neighbours, the Sinclairs, are building one. It’s silly the way people always have to keep up with the Joneses.
Jones is a very common surname, and is used to refer to neighbours in general.
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keeping up with the Joneses

Making an effort to match your neighbors' social and financial status. If you bought a Chevrolet, but the guy who lived across the street bought a Cadillac, you wouldn't, vehicularly speaking, be considered in the same league. But if he took his wife and kids to Europe for a month and you took your wife and kids to Europe for a month, you were keeping up with the Joneses, no matter what your neighbor's last name was. The phrase came from a 1913 newspaper carton strip “Keep with the Joneses,” the name being as ubiquitous a last name as “Joe” was in phrases that used that first name. (See also status seeker.)
See also: Jones, keeping, up